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Senate DPC Hearing-Iraq Electrocutions 7-11-08 – Opening Statements

I have been listening to and reading the news about this hearing. I know the news media can only print so much, but they are leaving out many important details. So I am posting the testimony of each person that testified. I want to make sure you know the truth about what was said before the rumors start. If you have any questions feel free to email me. When and if a final transcript is available, I will post that as well.

All witnesses were asked to be at the Dirksen Senate Office Building at 9am on Friday. When I got there the hearing room was relatively empty and non threatening, similar to an empty court room. At 9am the witnesses were ushered into a conference room and briefed by DPC staff members.

The witnesses for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) Hearing “Contractor Misconduct and the Electrocution Deaths of American Soldiers in Iraq” are: Read the remainder of this entry »

Senate DPC Hearing-Iraq Electrocutions 7-11-08 – Rachel McNeill Testimony

I did not get the opportunity to meet Rachel McNeill prior to these hearings and I do not have a photo. I do feel that being in the Military and still having the bravery to testify speak volumes as to her character.

Senate Democratic Policy Committee Hearing

“Contractor Misconduct and the Electrocution Deaths
of American Soldiers in Iraq”

Rachel McNeill

U.S. Army Reserve (983rd Engineer Battalion)
July 11, 2008

My name is Rachel McNeill. I am from Madison, Wisconsin and I have been in the Army Reserves since 2002. I served in Iraq as a heavy construction equipment operator with the 983rd Engineer Battalion from January through December of 2005.

The first soldiers from my company flew into Camp Speicher from Kuwait in mid-January 2005 while the rest of us continued to armor our vehicles and load our construction equipment onto civilian trucks for transport. A week later, soldiers from our company left to convoy into Iraq. A few days later, I flew into Camp Speicher. Read the remainder of this entry »